FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor in Texas has told jurors that the Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shooting rampage thoroughly planned the attack.
In opening statements today, the prosecutor said Maj. Nidal Hasan had stockpiled bullets, spent time at a shooting range and purchased a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition. He says Hasan then tried to "kill as many soldiers as he could."
According to the prosecutor, Hasan set out to target only his fellow soldiers and tried to clear the area of civilians before opening fire. He said Hasan shot at only one civilian, someone who had tried to stop him.
In his own opening statement, Hasan said the evidence would show he was the shooter -- and that he was among "imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion." He said, "I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor."
Hasan doesn't deny killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a November 2009 rampage on the Texas base. He had wanted to argue that he shot U.S. troops to protect Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. But the judge barred the American-born Muslim from using that defense.
179-c-19-(Nomaan (NOH'-mahn) Merchant, AP correspondent)-"for both sides"-AP correspondent Nomaan Merchant reports Major Nidal Hasan began his court martial with opening statements that lasted less than two minutes. (6 Aug 2013)
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178-c-17-(Nomaan (NOH'-mahn) Merchant, AP correspondent)-"Fort Hood shooting rampage"-AP correspondent Nomaan Merchant reports the military trial of an Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood has begun. (6 Aug 2013)
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APPHOTO TXMO114: This court room sketch shows Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan during his court-martial Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan is representing himself against charges of murder and attempted murder for the 2009 attack that left 13 people dead at Fort Hood. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley) (6 Aug 2013)
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APPHOTO TXMO112: An armed soldier stands guard outside the courthouse where the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is taking place Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. After years of delays, the trial of the man who carried out the Fort Hood shooting is starting, with Hasan representing himself against charges of murder and attempted murder for the 2009 attack that left 13 people dead on the Army post. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (6 Aug 2013)
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